We are always looking for better ways to serve our customers and grow our businesses. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have upgraded services and products in mind. Consider epoxy floor applications for garages and workspaces. These handsome floors don’t require a lot of training to install, and they are tough as nails. The durable, shiny epoxy flooring resists scratches, cracks, stains, and chips. The resin and hardener cure into a low porosity surface that’s also easy to clean.
A few years ago, we looked at how to go about painting and sealing garage floors. While there are definite similarities between epoxy paint and an epoxy overlay, we like the true epoxy overlay for its durability and finish. It might be a more expensive solution, but it won’t delaminate under hot tires. Plus, aggregate additives give epoxy floors good traction without compromising the appearance. For these reasons, we think that adding epoxy flooring installations to your list of available services is a good idea.
Installing Epoxy Flooring
Prepare The Surface
Be sure to assess the concrete’s condition before quoting. Epoxy is thin, so any surface defect will show through. You’ll need to fix any cracking or spalling before you really get going. Next, pressure wash the floor and let it dry. Remove oil stains as much as you can, either with a bleach mixture or with a cleaner specifically designed for the task. Then, tape the boundaries of the epoxy with painter’s tape along the floor and walls.
You’ll need to make the surface rough so the epoxy strongly adheres. Prepare a solution of two parts muriatic acid (the same kind you use in swimming pools) to one part water and apply with a pump sprayer. Be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear and follow safety guidelines. The acid shouldn’t come in contact with metal. Consider neutralizing the acid with an ammonia solution. Then wash and let dry.
Apply The Primer Coat
Avoid bubbles in your epoxy floor by applying a primer coat with a roller. Let it dry.
Apply The First Base Coat
Pour the mixed resin and hardener onto the floor and spread with a serrated or notched squeegee. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying decorative flakes.
Roll The Base Coat
Roll the base coat with a roller to ensure even coverage. The serrated or notched squeegee will leave a pretty even layer, but the roller will perfect it. Now, let the floor dry overnight.
If You Didn’t Prime, Get Ready To Buff
If you didn’t prime the floor then you’ll see bubbles when it dries. You’ll need to gently abrade the surface with a buffer and light grit to remove the bubbles. Then sweep and mop the floor and wait for it to dry.
Apply A Second Base Coat Of Epoxy
Apply this coat just as you did the first coat. Use the squeegee and then the roller.
Read the manufacturers instructions, but be prepared to let the epoxy floor cure for about four days.
Use a roller to apply the top coat to seal. The surface should really pop.
Epoxy flooring applications can be a great addition to your service offering. It sounds like a time-consuming process – and it can be – but the results are worth it!